Stop yourself from sending wordy, rambling emails

#4 Product of the DayMarch 29, 2017

Long emails are no fun to read or write. Brief is a Chrome extension that adds a word counter to the compose and reply views in Gmail and disables sending if an email is longer than 125 words. Need to send something longer than 125 words? Just triple-click the send button!

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Succinct, clear writing is underrated. Ironically, a book called Brief was posted on Product Hunt a year ago to also help people write more succinctly. ๐Ÿ˜Š
@rrhoover It would be ironic if the book was super long, otherwise it's my understanding it would just be a coincidence
@rrhoover Especially in academia. I have spent almost an hour writing a specific and short thesis and my lecturer was like: "Not enough words..." O.o
Hey everyone! I just published brief to the Chrome webstore and added the ability to force send an email via triple click. If you've already installed it from the .crx, remove that and install the web store version instead!
I'm a notoriously wordy writer - saw this a few days ago on Safia's twitter and had to share it with the rest of PH! I'm a big fan of Polymail, so I'm not sure how I'll integrate this into my day-to-day life, but it's a great tool nonetheless. Thanks Safia! ๐Ÿ“ฌ ๐Ÿ’Œ ๐Ÿ“ฎ
@nickabouzeid Thanks for sharing this, Nick! Yeah, I'm not sure that Polymail has an extensions API for this to be added. I used Nylas and that has extensions so that might be where I take this next.
@captainsafia Excited to try out Nylas if you can get it working! ๐Ÿ˜Š
The simple changing of the send button is quite powerful! Would love if it could highlight sentences that are the main culprits of wordiness. I currently use a combination of Hemingway and Boomerang to evaluate my writing. Bringing everything under one roof would be awesome.
@kunalslab I haven't heard of Hemingway before but I've thought of including some of the features it has in future versions of Brief (specifically, the grade level indicator). I'll have to see which features are easier to integrate without crowding up the experience of Brief.
@captainsafia it is a delicate balance. Good luck! Happy to provide feedback when you come up with something new.
@captainsafia Hemingway is a mighty fine thing, I use it all the time when writing copy or important emails. Will check out Brief as well!
Great work ๐Ÿ‘ Would love to see a 'max words per paragraph' count too. Nothing worse than a block of text in an email either!